Top 5 Tips - Buying a Broadcast Monitor

Posted By Tom Feltham on 08 May 2014

Posted in Used Equipment Buyers Guides

You need to take into account size, image quality and any additional features that are suitable to your needs. Here are five tips to keep in mind when considering a broadcast monitor:

1. Check the Machine’s Working Order

Ask for a demo. The vendor should allow a prospective purchaser to see the monitor in action. It is always a good idea to at least ask for a demo, because this is clearly the best way to evaluate how the monitor actually functions. It will give a clear indication of the image quality, as well as other features, such as brightness and black level. Sellers who refuse to offer a demo may be trying to hide a deficiency in the monitor.

2. Is the Technology In-Date?

Make sure the technology is not yet obsolete, because broadcast monitor technology is changing rapidly. LCD technologies are improving almost faster than anyone can keep up with. Try to research what is the most current technology before buying, in order to avoid purchasing a broadcast monitor that is already obsolete.

3. Find Out What Others Think

Read reviews. It never hurts to see what other people think of the technology. Reviews by impartial consumers are a good way to evaluate the quality of the equipment before buying. Be careful about reviews, however, not all are impartial and not all can be trusted. Look at as many as possible in order to get a better idea.

4. Are Additional Features Worth the Extra Money?

Do not overlook HD. HD is an exciting new technology, but it can also be pricey. However, the quality it offers is often worth the extra cost.

5. Don’t Forget SD

Also take a look at SD. SD monitoring is useful for many companies as the image quality is very good. Blacks and display interlacing, in particular, tend to be higher quality in SD monitors. LCD monitors are especially good at displaying SD, as are CRTs.